Over the holiday break I was trying to use iTunes to download and listen to a few podcasts and the performance on my Dell 530 dual Xeon 1.4GHz machine is just awful. To the right is a screenshot of Process Explorer specifically for the iTunes.exe process while sitting idle on my machine for over two and a half minutes. There are no downloads in progress and no other processes taking any CPU.
What’s it doing? Every few seconds the CPU spikes to 47% and the mouse flickers like crazy when I hover over it. In fact, the mouse flickers even when iTunes doesn’t have focus and only stops if I minimize it.
I really like the iPod device but iTunes, at least on the PC, has become a serious pain.
- There is no automatic update for iTunes so it constantly prompting me to visit the Apple web site and download the latest version.
- It never remembers my QuickTime setting where I turn off the tray icon
- The download is 33MB just to go from 7.0 to 7.02
What’s your experience like?